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Week Beginning 8th February 2021

Monday 8th February 2021

Good morning,

Hooray, it's been snowing!❄⛄ It started to settle last night and I was pleased to see a blanket of snow this morning. I thought my car had disappeared but it was camouflaged by the snow🤭. I jumped out of bed, put on my waterproofs and went straight to the park.

Look at the photos below...

  • Can you see the marks made in the snow as I was walking with Pepsi?👣🐾
  • What animal is that covered in snow?
  • Can you name the shapes I made in the snow?
  • Can you name the numbers?🔢
  • Can you make some marks in the snow?

*(Use a stick as your finger will get really cold!)


We certainly have had a variety of weather over the last few days haven't we?

So today’s theme is the CHANGING WEATHER.

  • Name as many types of weather as you can.
  • What is the weather like today?
  • What was the weather like yesterday?
  • Can you predict what the weather will be like tomorrow?

Movement language

The following vocabulary will be used in the programme below:

chilly, blowing, rain, sunny, snow, pat, shoulders, jump, tiptoes, panting, swing, march, smiley, grumpy.


Ask the children to pretend to be cold, making shivering sounds. They cross their arms in front and pat shoulders. They jump to get warm, bending knees and landing on tiptoes. They show how out of breath they are by panting. When the weather changes to sunny, they walk on the spot in a favourite sun hat and sunglasses, looking cool, and swinging their arms with smiley faces. When it starts to rain, they pretend to hold up an umbrella and march on the spot with a grumpy face.


This week we are introducing a new [whole] school activity called the Monday Munch challenge. Through weekly challenges, starting every Monday, we aim to encourage children to participate in learning about food & nutrition, and health & hygiene. This week's challenge is to make something using BREAD. See the leaflet below for more information and let's get creative!


Watch Numberblocks by clicking on the link below.

Start with 1-5. If your child is confident in counting to 5 and identifying these numerals, move onto 1-10.

Then complete your number sheet in your Home Learning Book.

  • Can you give me a 'High Five'? 
  • Look for numbers around the house.
  • Can you see any on the cooker or microwave?
  • Can you see some on the clock?
  • Where else can you find numbers in your house?



Magic Weather - Steve and Maggie are going home from school. Steve likes beautiful sunny days, but what's going on - the weather's changing. Don't worry, Maggie's here to help. Let's jump into this clip for children with 'Steve and Maggie'. Steve repeats phrases such as ... it's sunny, it's cloudy, it's windy, it's raining and it's snowing. He encourages children to repeat sentences after him to help with language and communication. This is a great story to develop vocabulary about the weather. 


Don't forget to join our ZOOM storytime at 2pm today.

Tuesday 9th February 2021

Good morning,

The snow is still falling and it looks beautiful outside.❄⛄ I have had my own 'Dancing on Ice' experience this morning, on my dog walk, as I went slipping and sliding to the park! It is very, very slippery out there, so be careful if you're out and about. Stay safe and remember  HANDS  FACE  SPACE.


Today is SAFER INTERNET DAY It is very important to think about how to stay safe online, particularly at the moment, when we are at home doing remote learning. Please click on the links below to listen to a story and assembly, with Miss Bell, on safer internet day. There is also a link on Safer Internet Day by BBC Teach...

A Dot in the Snow

Watch this story of a curious polar bear, a little girl lost in the snow, and the precious friendship they discover together – a heartwarming wintery story for kids.

  • What musical instruments can you hear in this story?
  • Why did the baby polar bear (Mickey) not want to fish?
  • What was the 'dot' in the snow that baby polar bear saw?
  • What was the 'red thing' that went missing in the sea?
  • Why was the little girl wearing gloves?
  • When you go out in the snow what clothes do you wear?


Don't forget to join us at 2pm for our ZOOM storytime



Home Learning Books

In your Home Learning Books can you find the page with the sea and boat?

  • Trace over the waves with you finger - up, down, up down, up, down...
  • Now use a coloured pencil and follow the dotted lines - up, down, up, down, up, down...
  • What colour pencil will you use to make it look like the sea?
  • What can you see swimming in the waves? Is it a shark? No, it's a ...
  • Colour in the boat.
  • Who do you think is aboard that boat? (Look at the flag)
  • Count how many flags are there on the boat?
  • Trace over the cloud in the sky?
  • Can you add snow to your picture?


Wednesday 10th February 2021

Good morning,

Are you ready to do an experiment? Following on from the boat picture you completed yesterday, let's make our own boat for a sinking and floating activity. Please do this activity with ADULT supervision.

You will need:

  • Foil
  • 10 pennies
  • a small basin of water (or you can do this in the bath)


Let's make a boat and see if it will float ...

  • What words rhymes in this sentence?




  • Can you count your pennies?
  • Put 1 penny into the boat - is it still floating?
  • Add one more - is it still floating?
  • How many pennies can you add before it starts to sink (capsize)?
  • Can you find 3 objects that you think may float?
  • Can you find 3 objects you think may sink?

DO NOT test your parents mobile phone or anything electrical!


Watch the following clip. Can you predict what will sink or float?


Storytime (Float and Sink)

One day Mr Gumpy decides to take a trip along the river in his boat. But the children, the rabbit, the cat, the pig and lots more friends decide to join him. Everyone's having a lovely time until the animals start kicking, bleating, hopping and flapping and the boat starts to rock.

  • What do you think will happen...?
  • Will the boat capsize?
  • Can you name all the animals in the boat?

Click the link below to listen to the story...


Thursday 11th February 2021

Good morning,

Last night was the coldest [February] night in over a decade, where the temperature plummeted below zero. A decade is 10 years, so this means it was the coldest night in your life children! In some parts of England in was the coldest night in 74 years (with minus 20 degrees celsuis in the Highlands!)

So last night, with this sub-zero temperature, I decided to do an experiment with some water, balloons and animals - including The Three Little Pigs! Look at my photos...





Let's do an experiment together. If you have a balloon you can do the balloon experiment. If you do not have a balloon you can use a container, like an empty flora tub, or a little plastic pot (like in my Three Little Pigs photo).

Let's go...

  • Put an object into your balloon or plastic tub.
  • Pour some water inside your balloon (not too much), or into your plastic pot.
  • Tie your balloon up (knot)
  • Leave your pot or balloon outside overnight.
  • In the morning you can peel the balloon off!


  • What has happened to the water (liquid) overnight?
  • What will happen if you take this frozen solid object indoors, in the heat?
  • How could you make this frozen solid object melt quicker?
  • Put the frozen object onto a tray, or in the sink, so when it melts you can collect the water.
  • If you have some salt, sprinkle some onto the ice. What happens?
  • Add a drop of food colouring to the ice. What happens?


Parents encourage the children to communicate their thoughts and ideas. Reinforce the vocabulary solid/liquid  freeze/melt  cold/hot  etc. Question your child throughout and discuss predictions...What do you think will happen?



Sticking with the balloon theme, listen to one of my favourite stories. I wish it was a GREEN Balloon!

Kipper the dog has found a soggy blue balloon in the garden. At first, it seems like an ordinary balloon, but it's not. It's full of fun, magic and endless possibilities...


Don't forget to join us at 2pm for our ZOOM storytime.



Home Learning Books

Get your pencils out and let's work on our fine motor skills with some pre-writing [left to right] writing patterns.

  • Are you sitting comfortably?
  • Hold you pencil in a pincer grip.
  • Can you draw around the circles? (These look like snowballs!)
  • How many circles are there? Count them...
  • Can you write the numbers 1 2 3 inside?
  • On the next line climb up the hill with your pencil, then slide down! Up and down, up and down!
  • The next line is like a swirling snowstorm. This is a tricky one but try your best to follow the lines.
  • The next line we are going up and down again - a BIG hill then a small hill...


Exercise - Dance

Don't forget to exercise daily. Let's get active in our MOVE and FREEZE dance...

Friday 12th February 2021

Good morning,

Well it's the last day of a very unusual half-term. I hope you have enjoyed all the lovely home learning activities provided, plus the 2pm ZOOM story sessions. I certainly have but I do miss our amazing Nursery classroom and being with you daily. Thank you for sharing your home learning with me. I have thoroughly enjoyed looking at your photos and videos. I am pleased to share some photos, from this week's activities, and so pleased to see some of the STAFF participating also! (Well done Mrs Cooper for trying our ICE BALLOON experiment).

Look at all the wonderful work done this week. We have certainly covered a lot of areas - cutting, sticking, drawing, writing, counting (dominoes), playing games (turn-taking), playing in the snow, science experiments, imaginative play, playdough, dressing up, etc. I have also had videos of cake making and snow ball fights...THANK YOU parents and children...


HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR  æ–°å¹´å¿«ä¹ xin nian hao

Chinese New Year is a 15-day holiday, beginning on the first day of a new moon and ending with the full moon on the day of the Lantern Festival. The Chinese calendar is based on the lunar year, so the date of Chinese New Year changes every year. The Chinese calendar follows a 12-year pattern with each year named after an animal. This year it is the year of the OX. At school we would normally make some lanterns and create our own Chinese Restaurant, with Chinese noodles on the menu, eaten with chop-sticks! (It's very tricky.) We would also make a Chinese Dragon and dance around the hall. Could you do a Chinese Dragon dance at home?



As requested, by some parents, here is the recipe for my AMAZING 1 MINUTE PLAYDOUGH. It's great isn't it? Please note I use HOT water in this recipe so DO NOT do this bit with the children. (They can help measure out the dry ingredients).

You will need:

  • 1 Cup of Flour
  • Half a Cup of Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon of Oil
  • 1 Teaspoon of Cream Of Tartar (do not worry if you haven't got just makes it more elastic)
  • 1 Cup of BOILING Water (Add some Food Colouring to the water if you want coloured dough)

*I buy my food colouring powder in the Turkish Shop - TFC at Waltham Cross. It is so much better than the liquid food colouring and so much cheaper (approx 40p, depending on colours, but all under £1). You only need a little bit, so it does last for ages.